2019 Kia Optima: Minor Facelift Brings Infotainment And Trim Upgrades

Kia unveiled the 2019 Optima in Korea back in January. Two months later it was shown in Geneva, and now it’s on display at the 2018 New York Auto Show, dressed in US clothes.

It may not be the brand’s most exciting premiere in the ‘city that never sleeps’, as that place is reserved for the K900 flagship sedan, but the 2019 Kia Optima does get a few important upgrades.

What different about this 2019MY?

The entry-level LX sits on 16-inch alloy wheels, benefits from Stinger-like LED DRLs and has a matte gray-finished grille, whereas the S gets new fog lamps, LED taillights, glossy black exterior trim, dual exhaust tips and others.

For the other mid-range grade, the EX, Kia has prepared new 17-inch alloy wheels, in addition to refreshed leather seating surfaces and front heated seats. Smart Cruiser Control with ‘stop-and-go’ is standard, as are the fog lamps, LED taillamps and dual exhaust pipes, while the heated steering wheel and ambient multi-color interior lighting are optional extras.

New LED fog lights, sport steering wheel, smart cruise control and 18-inch wheels are offered at no extra cost on the SX and SXL. These flavors can be had with optional ‘European-styled’ red and black two-tone leather seats, panoramic roof, Harman Kardon sound system, UVO link with navigation, heated steering wheel, glossy black door pillars and side moldings and sporty bumper with LED fog lights. The SXL adds a two-tone bronze and black interior with Nappa leather seats, as options.

Any tech upgrades?

Yes, the infotainment has been updated for the 2019MY and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and voice recognition. The system is standard on the LX, while the S and EX get on-demand diagnostics, maintenance alerts, alarm notifications, speed alerts and others. Navigation is available on the EX with Premium Package and standard on the SX and SXL.

Finally, all versions of the 2019 Kia Optima get a suite of driving assistance items at no extra cost, such as the forward collision avoidance assist, forward collision warning, driver attention warning, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.

Kia will produce the 2019 Optima in West Point, Georgia, just like the pre-facelifted version. Pricing and other details will be announced later this year, when it goes on sale, but don’t expect the Estate on this side of the pond, as it remains a forbidden fruit.

more photos...
New Mercedes-AMG A45, CLA 45 Set New Pricing Heights For Compact Cars

The base A45 hatch starts at €56k, while the CLA 45 S Shooting Brake is the priciest of the bunch, at a whopping €66k.

Fiat Is Readying An Expanded Family Of New ‘500’ Models

Fiat won’t be bothered with large cars and intends its future models to be between 3.5 and 4.5 meters in length.

Mercedes-Benz A250e And B250e Plug-In Hybrids Are On Deck

Order books have opened for the A-Class hatchback and sedan, while the B-Class will launch in a few weeks.

2020 Nissan Juke Is Such A Tease, Debuts September 3 (Updated)

Nissan’s funky crossover is growing up for its all-new second-generation that’s coming this fall.

Hardcore 2020 BMW M2 CS To Debut At LA Auto Show In November?

The M2 CS will reportedly pump out 444 HP and, thanks to the use of carbon fiber, also be lighter than the Competition.

James Bond’s Original Aston Martin DB5 Sells For $6,385,000

Pre-auction estimates indicated the gadget-filled DB5 would go for between $ 4 million and $6 million. It exceeded them.

We Can’t Wait For Someone To Build A C8 Corvette 4×4

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray works well as a soft off-roader like the Huracan Sterrato.

If This Ferrari 458 Italia Video Won’t Get Your Heart Pumping, Check Your Pulse

The marvelous 4.5-liter, naturally aspirated V8 is the last of its kind, as for its successor Ferrari switched to forced induction.

Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita Roars With Bespoke Titanium Exhaust

Out of the three ever made, this CCXR Trevita is the only one in the States and used to be owned by Floyd Mayweather.

How About An As-Good-As-New 2002 Mercedes G-Class For $80k?

This G-Wagen has got a 63 AMG look, just 31 miles on the odo and, despite being in the UK, is left-hand drive.